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Studio of Mihr Chand

Studio of Mihr Chand


  • active at Faizabad, then moved to Lucknow when the court of Awadh changed location in 1775

Artist's cultural association:
Mughal painting
Page from an album: women celebrating the festival of Divali late 17th century Title Notes: These two pages were once mounted to the same board as a recto verso work but have since been separated: Page from an album: ladies celebrating the Festival of Diwali [recto]; calligraphy panel [verso]
Place made: Delhi, India
Materials & Technique: paintings, opaque watercolour, gold Support: paper

Dimensions: image 16.0 h x 10.4 w cm border 19.5 h x 13.6 w cm mount 47.6 h x 33.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: The Gayer-Anderson Gift 1954
Accession No: NGA 91.1361.A
Subject: Festival Religious festivals
  • Likely from an album compiled in the studio of artist Mihr Chand for Shuja-al-Daula, Nawab of Awadh (1732-1775), Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, c.1770, and later dispersed from his collection either by gift or sale by his descendants
  • likely collected in India by Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle between 1888 and 1891
  • likely exported from India by Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle in 1891
  • known as the Fremantle Album, reputedly damaged by World War II bombing in London, around 1942
  • with book publisher Luzac & Co., London, England, 1948 or before
  • who sold it to Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson, 1948
  • held in the collection of Colonel Thomas Gayer Gayer-Anderson and the late Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson, Pasha, both of Little Hall, Lavenham, Suffolk, England, 1948-1953
  • who gave it to the Commonwealth of Australia, 1953
  • held by National Library of Australia, Canberra, after transfer from London, 1954-1991
  • transferred to the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 1991.
  • The collecting history of this album page is partial. Its whereabouts are unknown between being bound for Shuja-al-Daula around 1770 and collected by Admiral Sir Edmund Robert Fremantle between 1888 and 1891, and between its disposal by Fremantle or his descendants and the donor’s purchase in London in 1948. The National Gallery of Australia welcomes further information regarding its history of ownership prior to 1948.